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Kyrie Irving has returned to the Brooklyn Nets after serving an 8-game suspension

Kyrie Irving has returned to the Brooklyn Nets after serving an 8-game suspension



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Kyrie Irving’s eight game suspension Sunday was over as the Brooklyn Nets all-star guard warmed up for their game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Irving has not played for the Nets since November 1st. Irving was suspended by the Nets on November 3rd. he tweeted a link to the documentary containing anti-Semitic messages and then refusing to apologize.

Irving has since issued multiple apologies, including during Sunday’s pregame media availability.

“I want to offer my deepest apologies to all those who have been hurt these past few weeks, especially my Jewish relatives, my black relatives, all races and cultures,” Irving said Sunday. “We all feel affected and I do not support hate or anti-Semitism or anything that is ‘against’ the human race.”

“I think I have to stand up here and answer for my actions,” Irving said.

Before the announcement, Irving received a warm welcome from the Brooklyn crowd during player introductions. He finished the night with 14 points and five rebounds in the Nets’ 127-115 win over the Grizzlies.

After the game, Irving said it “felt good” to be back on the court.

“I miss my teammates,” Irving told reporters. “I miss the coaching staff. It was nice to get ready with them in the morning and go to the game.”

Asked if he would appeal his suspension, Irving said he would leave that decision up to his legal team.

“I’m surrounded by strong people, men and women, who are doing everything they can to make sure that me and my family are protected and that we protect each other, so I’m sure things will get done. the future,” Irving said. “There’s no timetable on that right now.”

In Sunday’s pregame talk, Nets coach Jacques Vaughn had no hesitation in his decision to put Irving on the floor to start the game.

“He’ll start, we’ll see where he’s at, the tempo of the game we want to play. I’m excited to have him back on the floor with our group and he’ll fit in right away,” Vaughn said.

In an interview with SNY’s Ian Begley on Saturday, Irving said he reacted emotionally to being called “anti-Semitic.”

“I felt like I was defending my character and I was just reacting out of pure defense and I was offended that I might be labeled or that I was labeled as anti-Semitic or anti-Jewish, and I just felt like it was. “It’s disrespectful to ask if I was anti-Semitic,” Irving said.

The Nets’ next scheduled game is Tuesday at the Philadelphia 76ers.

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